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Providence Spirituality

Gospel according to Saint Luke 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. He went throughout [the] whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

Sunday Reflection December 05, 2021 –

The Gospel According to Saint Luke 3:1-6

Reflection:

“In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar … the word of God came to John.” God manifests himself in historical contexts, in our historical context, and he speaks from there … he speaks to us. He does it through people who do not appear out of nowhere; they have a context, a family, a life, and a salvation history like John who is not a newcomer. He has a history that gives solidity, coherence, and credibility to his words and allows him to speak with authority. He does not say what others say, he does not repeat patterns or learned ideas, he speaks from his own experience of God.

What a testimony we receive from John! It is a call to coherence in life, to keep in mind the social and historical context in which we find ourselves. John invites us to believe and trust from such a depth that we can dream of being able to achieve impossible things such as “to make straight the paths, to fill the valleys, to make low hills and mountains…” In short, the text invites us to live our faith and our being providence as a proposal that makes a difference today. John exhorts us to give ourselves a new perspective, a different and audacious proposal that is attractive from what we are as women and providence family, from knowing and recognizing our history of salvation. Thus, from a profound experience of encounter with Christ, we dare to think, speak and act with a proposal of an evangelizing consecrated life that challenges the world from the authority of BEING providence.

Our history speaks of how we have managed to be what we are today, but if we do not read to discover our growth and strengths we will never be able to speak like John, but rather we will have a discourse of despair and despondency about life, the world, and the mission.

This text urges us to make the impossible possible from the purest trust in God’s Providence that acted and continues to act in our lives. Despair or hope? What motivates you today to BE providence?

May this time of Advent be a new impulse for our thoughts, words, and deeds to bear witness to God’s dream, in the difficult historical, social, and world contexts in which we live. Everything is possible in God!

Sister Mariana Peña, SP